In the previous animation you may notice that his arms are a bit late for the strike, compared to his body. He lands first, then leans forward and then strikes - the movements are very separated. So, we made the movement more fluent.
At the same time, we raised ninja’s arms a bit in the beginning, to make them more noticeable as he crosses them.
We also decided it will be good to slightly bend his body when he lands in the split, and then unbend it back when he makes a strike. This way his body will show a reaction to hitting the ground.
And here's the result.